Pakistan’s head coach, Misbah-Ul-Haq desires that International Cricket Council (ICC) should extend the duration of the ICC World Test Championship as cricketing action has come to a close due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. According to the original schedule, the inaugural competition runs from 2019-2021.
Pakistan had to postpone a Test of the championship against Bangladesh at home following the coronavirus outbreak earlier this month. Misbah also said that if teams didn’t get equal opportunity to play in the championship, results would not be fair.
The ICC has indicated that it would talk to member boards to find a solution to the matches of the championship which will be hit by the pandemic and one option which will be discussed would be awarding points for cancelled matches.
Misbah-ul-Haq Wants Test Championship To Be Extended
“The tournament should be extended that is my view. That is the only way we can find and end the event in a balanced way. Matches can be rescheduled if the event is extended,” Misbah said.
“I have been in touch with most of the players including centrally contracted players…even trainer is in touch with them…we are giving them and sending them plans according to their equipment at home to remain in shape as a team,” he added.
“I want the physical condition of players to be what is required in Test cricket whenever cricket resumes,” he said.
India Currently Lead The Test Championship Points Table
The Indian National Cricket Team is on the top spot in the ICC World Test Championship Points Table with 360 points in the nine games played so far. Australia are in second place with 296 points from the 10 games played so far during the championship.
The Kiwis grab the third spot with 180 points from seven games until now. They recently beat India 2-0 in a two-match Test series at home. England are on the fourth spot with 146 points from nine games played so far. Pakistan team is placed on the fifth spot with 140 points from five games under their belt since the inception of the Test championship.